The quirkiest new high-rise in Texas: 58-story Austin condo looks like a game of Jenga (Culture Map)

Photo Courtesy of Culture Map

Photo Courtesy of Culture Map

By Nicole Raney
At 58 stories and 685 feet tall, The Independent is poised to be the tallest building in Austin — and the tallest residential structure west of the Mississippi River.

As the start of construction approaches, many questions are surfacing about the new addition to the Austin skyline. When will it be complete? Why does it resemble a giant game of Jenga? (And from Houston, we ask, why do you get such a cool-looking skyscraper while we get cookie-cutter high-rises?)

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